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Issue #11/2017 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize November 1, 2017
"Go beyond all that causes duality in this World." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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Sivananda Yoga FAQ
Hatha Yoga Tips
Yoga Sanskrit Glossary

Raja Yoga
Bhagavad Gita
Vegetarian Cuisine
Upcoming Events

International News - Ashrams
Yoga Camp Ashram, Canada
Dhanwanthari Ashram, India
Kutir Ashram, India
Chateau du Yoga Ashram, France
Yoga Farm Ashram, USA
Yoga Ranch Ashram, USA
Yoga Retreat Ashram, Bahamas
Retreat House Ashram, Austria
Meenakshi Ashram, India
Da Lat Ashram, Vietnam

International News - Centres
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chennai, India
Chicago, USA
Dwarka, Delhi, India
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Madrid, Spain
Madurai, India
Melbourne, Australia
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

By the grace of Swamiji we opened the latest Sivananda Ashram in Gudur, Andhra Pradesh India with a Yoga Vacation program and more programs to follow in the 2018 New Year. Please check their website

All other Sivananda Centre and Ashrams are doing well, by the grace of Master and Swamiji plus your continued support.

Pranams to all.

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Take the fullest advantage of this human birth. Have an inner divine life. May divine grace illumine your spiritual path. May the divine power actuate you to perform great deeds. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Q. I have been reading the Upanishads and other scriptures and I find one and the same thing in all of them. They say that everything we come across is unreal, only God is real and that we have to think and understand the Truth by ourselves. How are we to do it, Swamiji?

Reading will help you only to a certain extent. Too much reading will land you in confusion. You should meditate and concentrate on one particular idea. That particular idea should serve as the eye-opener. Then alone will you get Vairagya; you will be able to understand the false nature of things. Take, for instance, the life of Sri Swami Sadasiva Brahmendra of Nerur. The mere uttering of the word 'wait' by his mother, when he asked her to serve food, inflicted such a blow on his mind and stirred it so well as to make him understand the Reality. You may be convinced intellectually that the world is false, only God is real and all the sense-enjoyments bring misery only. But this conviction is not strong. You may think, "Let me enjoy the sense-pleasures for five minutes". Thus you are deceived by Maya. All sense-pleasures are sugar-coated pills made by Maya. You must reflect on such Slokas as "Ye Hi Samsparsaja Bhoga Duhkha Yonaya Eva Te...". You should identify with the Higher Self which is infinity, eternity, immortality. Always think, "Suddhoham, Shantoham, Satchidanandoham". You will be elevated. Abhyasa and Vairagya are necessary. Tyaga and Tapas will give you tremendous powers. Be not cheated by the temporary pleasures of the world-- car, property etc. Be not unnecessarily worried by undue attachment etc. Do your duty and leave the rest to Him. He will take care of you.

Q. Why must I be bound by the laws of Prakriti and be limited by the phenomena of time, space, causation and substance. Why must I get involved in this process of evolution and involution?

The eye cannot perceive itself. A man cannot stand on his own shoulders. Even so, all enquiry into the Ultimate Cause, the causeless Cause of all creation, is first confronted with a formidable wall of primordial ignorance. He who annihilates his ego to nothing at this point, and who thus obtains the grace of Isvara, gets through this wall and enters the Kingdom of the Infinite. Then he knows. But this knowledge cannot be communicated to others, as this great wall is obstructing others from perceiving the Truth. Therefore the ancient sage termed it an Ati-prasna or transcendental question. Suffice it to know that God has created this world in order to enable you to evolve and realize the Self, in order to serve all and love all as His manifestations. The dacoit of ignorance has kidnapped man from his palace of Self-awareness and brought him to a thick forest; when the man wakes up, he does not brood over how he came there, but tries to get out of the forest. Even so, the earnest Sadhak tries to break the chain of transmigration by attaining Self-realization.

Q. Why did God embark on creation at all?

The Lord's silence, in the Gita, about the purpose of creation, is truly a demonstration of His divine wisdom. This very same problem arises in various minds in various forms. How did Avidya arise in Brahman? When did Karma begin? Why did the Formless assume forms? How could darkness or Maya exist in the Supreme Absolute Light? And so on. There can be no answer to these questions. It involves the understanding of the Ultimate Principle, the Intelligence that is behind and beyond these questions, the Cause of all causes, the Subject of all objects. It cannot be known as an object. And, when the subject (Self or Atman) knows Itself, speech and thought cease. The questioner and question vanish in the quest. The doubt disappears in the doubter. In that Supreme Silence, the problem is inexpressibly solved! The riddle is solved; but speech is baffled and the question remains unanswerable. Therefore, the Lord is silent about the transcendental question in the Gita; but, such is the divine wisdom of the Almighty that He gives ways and means of solving the problem. Don't bother about why creation came into being, but try to know the Creator! Take creation for what it is and try to transcend it. This is wisdom. Trying to probe intellectually into the mystery is only buying psychological distress. There is no 'Why?' in respect of transcendental matters. 'Why?' is only for worldly things. Reason is finite and frail. God only knows the 'Why?'. Realize the Self. Then you will get the answer. Then you will know the origin and nature of Maya and everything.


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Studying Vedanta is to realize Brahman in the individual. - Sri Swami Sivananda


SETHU BANDASANA - BRIDGE - All levels, with variations


From the bridge position, perform a single leg lift. Lift one leg with an inhalation and lower the leg with an exhalation and repeat with the alternate leg. Release hands and lower your hips to come out of the pose.

Bring legs and feet together in bridge position, and walk feet away until legs are straight. Hold for up to 30 seconds. Breathe normally. Come out of the pose by walking your feet closer to your body, release hands and lower hips.

In this pose start from shoulder stand (Sarvangasana). Bend left leg and using your right hand, bring your left foot closer to your hip into half lotus. Use the other arm to keep your balance.
While supporting your back with both hands, keeping the lotus pose, bring your right foot slowly to the floor into bridge pose. Keep the left knee horizontal to the floor. Walk the right foot away from the body. Hold up to 30 seconds. Either kick back into shoulder stand, or lower the left foot to the floor and releasing hands, lower hips and then return to shoulder stand. Then repeat with the opposite leg. Go back to shoulder stand and hold for up to 30 seconds. Come out of shoulder stand and relax in corpse pose.

Improves flexibility and strength of your spine.
Strengthens the abdominal and lower back muscles especially when coming from shoulder stand and back into shoulder stand
The legs are strengthened

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram partly sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication : "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre – 2010.

Other yoga tips at

Vedanta is a religion of the heart. - Sri Swami Sivananda


ADHIDAIVA: Pertaining to the divine God who controls all beings and gives them what is their due; fate; destiny; controlling power.

Adhidaiva-vidya: Science of the heavens.

SATCHIDANANDA: Existence, knowledge, and bliss absolute.

Sat means Existence or Truth. Chid is the expression, knowledge, of it. Ananda is the Bliss you get out of it. So Truth, Knowledge, Bliss is what we mean by the word Satchidananda. In a way, the meaning could be compared to the Holy Trinity.

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:

Be frank and as simple as a child. Then only you will get the divine light. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter VI: The Yoga of Meditation


(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
The Supreme Self of him who is self-controlled and peaceful is balanced in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, as also in honour and dishonour.

The Yogi who is satisfied with the knowledge and the wisdom (of the Self), who has conquered the senses, and to whom a clod of earth, a piece of stone and gold are the same, is said to be harmonised (that is, is said to have attained the state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi).

You are in essence the spiritual Being. You are made up of the same substance of Satchidananda of which Brahman is made. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Raja Yoga, the royal path of mind control, is the most comprehensive and scientific approach to God-Realization. The precepts and doctrines of this ancient science were first compiled and explained by Patanjali Maharishi, the greatest psychologist of all time. Never has man's mind been so completely analyzed. Never has a process for eliminating human woes and frailties been so succinctly presented. The methods of Raja Yoga are profoundly timeless. Though of ancient origin, they are still the most useful technique available to modern man beset by the tremendous stresses and strains of competitive society.

Regular meditation alone can give you true happiness. - Sri Swami Sivananda



A creamy dessert low in fat and sugar and high in calcium. Easy to prepare. Serves 4.


150 gram (5 ½ ounces) bar dark chocolate (organic)
350 gram (12 ounces) pack silken tofu
Grated zest one orange
Grated chocolate or chopped nuts for garnishing


Break chocolate into squares and place in small bowl with 3 teaspoons filtered water. Place bowl over pan simmering water and gradually stir until chocolate has melted.
Put silken tofu into blender and add melted chocolate and orange zest. Blend until chocolate mixed in.
Pour mixture into individual ramekins and place in refrigerator to set for 2 – 6 hours.
Before serving, sprinkle with grated chocolate or some chopped nuts.
Option: Substitute the plain dark chocolate for flavoured varieties, eg chocolate and orange or cinnamon.

This recipe is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram partly sourced and edited from The Yoga Cookbook. Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind. Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. 1999.

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What is the highest achievement? It is not wealth, position, power or titles or degrees. It is Self-realization/Knowledge of the Self. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC and ATTC Teacher Training Courses


Nov 01 - Dec 01/17
ATTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Nov 04 - Dec 01/17
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Nov 06 - Dec 04/17
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

Nov 12 - Dec 10/17
TTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada

Nov 21 - Dec 19/17
TTC – Français
Orleans, France

Dec 04 - Dec 31/17
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Dec 16/15 - Jan 14/17
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

2018 TTC and ATTC courses can be viewed here.

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Thou art not the body, nor the mind.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Sivananda Headquarters

    During October Autumn was well under way in the Ashram as the trees transformed in colour. Although the temperatures cooled down a bit, the crisp Autumn air comes as a nice change. The staff continued with projects around the grounds. The steps leading down to the Master's Pond were finished, looking very nice. In addition more brick work continued around the Camp. After the big path project that was carried out over the spring and summer season, we still have different areas around the Camp that need renovating. Our housekeeping team kept up with many repairs and clean ups to prepare for the coming months. Our guests were offered different kinds of workshops that help them build on their practice and connect more with the staff. The intimate numbers of weekly guests created a unique experience and a more personal connection to the Camp. We held a Juice Fasting weekend program with Suzanne with 30 guests. There were also some workshops offered by staff and Swami Vairagyananda. It was a great weekend to detox and cleanse before the winter season. Many left the Ashram feeling re-energized.

    Later in October we are started to see the falling of leaves. The beautiful fall colours were slowly falling to the ground and the cooler weather made its way in. The days were comfortable and sunny for outdoor jobs. The staff kept up nicely with their daily duties and projects as well as their Sadhana practice. There was a lot of cleaning up around the Camp from storage rooms to raking outdoors. Swami Vairagyananda continued her weekly Kirtan workshops with the staff as well. We offered multiple workshops for guests. We celebrated Diwali at out Montreal Centre with Satyabhama and the staff. There were over 300 people who attended, filling the Centre with so much positive and loving energy. Harisha came and led the Puja which was beautiful. After the ceremony we enjoyed a delicious Indian meal. We had the return of our very much missed Swami Shivabhaktananda from his 6 week tour of the Sivananda Centres and Ashrams in South America.  After a long, yet inspiring, journey he adjusted back to the Camp and his duties. Minakshi led the "Structure Your Sadhana" weekend program for our guests.  There were many guests who came to partake being very happy with the program.  Minakshi introduced them to the reasons for Sadhana and how to make it a daily practice. May the Grace of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    During October the Ashram's renovation and construction works continued, sometimes interrupted because of heavy rains. The new roof was finished over Vaikuntam building with plastering to follow. Prahlada ji visited the Ashram briefly. He was able to lead morning Satsang and inspect the Ashram. Omkari, Kalyani (Japan) and Kanako departed for new visas. Fortunately we had enough staff and work studies to cover the duties. Vinod and Durgadas returned after long breaks. Dina and Katarina joined for three months work study. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from Uttar Kashi

    In October the Ashram's first week of Sadhana Intensive passed by smoothly. Eighteen keen yogis were initiated into the program, including quite a few who have attended S. I. at least once before. The program began with Ganapathy Homa to remove any obstacles. Diwali was celebrated with a Lakshmi Puja and some fireworks. Sweets and gifts were given to the staff. The Sadhana Intensive student group had good energy. With Master and Swamiji's blessings they were steady with their three practices daily. With Diwali traditionally marking the beginning of winter, the weather is now distinctly more chilly. Pranams to all. All are well. Pranams to all. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October the Ashram had a beautiful programme about Spiritual Stories from the Yoga Scriptures which included talks about the Ramayana, the Devi Bhagavatam, Krishna's Lila and incarnations of Vishnu. The levels of yogic scriptures from the sruti to smriti and the vedas and puranas were explained and guests and the staff in attendance really appreciated it. The London Winter Retreat and the programme "What can I do for the World? - The Yogic Way Towards World Peace and Inner Happiness" were moving along as a great success with guests content and a vibrant energy in the Ashram. We had silent walks in the dewy mushroom filled forest under a thin orange moon and a star filled sky. Afternoon lectures and the afternoon classes were on the asana platform thanks to the very nice sunny weather. The guests enjoyed the lectures, the sun and the breeze and looked like they were getting the exact experience one would hope for on a yoga retreat!

    The Hanuman Kutir is now a large hole and the size of the building is making itself known as a large crane is on site. On a morning a Puja was held for the construction of the building. An excavation including setting a dry surface for the priest Anil to sit on was prepared for the ceremony. Seven staff attended the Puja which consisted of abeshakam, offering flowers and rice and the chant of mantras. At the end of the Puja precious stones and coins from the Hanuman Building donation fund were placed in a copper vessel and put into the ground before the everything was covered with a fresh dhoti and then concrete, ready to have the foundation placed on top. Just as the Arati started so did a light misting of refreshing rain and the priest said that any event where there is such a gentle rain is considered a happy, auspicious and successful one. The same day we celebrated Diwali with a lovely Puja and all the deities being surrounded with small candles, radiating light and peace. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Yoga Farm

    In October the Ashram was blessed to welcome back Swami Sitaramananda-ji after 3 months away from the Ashram, teaching TTCs in Vietnam and China; and Sw Adiparashakti also returned with Swamiji from the China TTC. A new group of 30 TTC students arrived to the Yoga Farm. They were initiated with a Guru Puja, led by Swami Vasishtananda-ji, with inspiring words from Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Jnaneswariananda, and Swami Vasishtananda about the Guru Kula system and Sankaracharya lineage. Initiation continued with beautiful Ganapathi Puja and Homa on the Krishna temple deck, with all staff and students chanting mantras and making offerings and setting intention for a successful TTC. This TTC was a mature group with students from US, Australia, Spain, Colombia, Canada, and South Africa. Swami Sitaramananda taught the Meditation portion of the course; Swami Jnaneswariananda, main lecture Philosophy and Anatomy and Physiology; Swami Vasishtananda, Bhagavad Gita; Swami Sivasankari, Chanting; and Swami Adiparashaktiananda and his team on  Hatha Yoga; Swami Dharmananda, Positive Thinking.

    Later in October we were happy to inaugurate the 800-hour Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training, taught by Swami Sitaramananda and many guest faculty teachers. We had 13 students as part of the first batch embarking on this 2-year training in the application of Yoga and Ayurveda techniques to empower individuals in their own self-healing from physical, psychological and spiritual ailments. We were grateful for the work and teaching of Dr. Suprabha Jain, a physician dedicated to holistic health and Yoga, giving talks on the history of Western Medicine and Holistic Health. Swami Dharmananda taught the Asana practical classes. The TTC group was doing well, settling into the Ashram discipline and inspired to receive the Yoga teachings. The Ashram was blessed to have several special guests: Steven Longfellow Fiske presented an inspired peace concert and talk; Hasu Patel-ji gave a wonderful sitar concert and separate Satsang on Indian classical music; Ambika introduced Ayurveda and the doshas to the TTC students. Arjuna taught the 4-day Stress Management course, introducing the 5 Points of Yoga for stress reduction, taking the group on walks to the temples, and sharing stories about the life of Swami Vishnudevananda. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves, from the Yoga Farm.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    Greetings from the Yoga Ranch where the Fall weather continued to be beautiful and colourful. During October we had a Positive Thinking course, led by Siddhi. Workers began re-shingling the Vishnu-building roof. Swami Paramananda left for a visit to Chicago. Srinivasan and Saraswati returned from California. We welcomed Anjaneya, who came to teach the Chair Yoga Training. Eight students and four staff joined his program. All were very inspired and happy. Srinivasan led a Meditation workshop. Joining the Karma Yoga program was Seville. We wished departing staff Jagannatha, Gangadhara, Tara, and Terry well with many thanks for their service, Sadhana, and presence.

    Later in October we enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures with more and more brilliant Fall colours appearing every day. We had a Meditation course, led by Mahadevi. Swami Satyapremananda returned from a visit to Iowa. We offered the popular Yoga & Hiking Weekend, with a large group venturing for a hike around nearby Lake Minnewaska, in addition to long walks through the forest in and around the Ashram. Sankara Namboodiriji led us in a beautiful Puja in celebration of Diwali. Swami Paramananda traveled to New York Centre to teach the Advanced Class and lead Satsang before leaving on a trip to Israel and then on to Neyyar Dam to teach the November TTC. We said goodbye to departing staff Brahmaswaroop, Devani and Roger, who finished their commitments and returned home; as well as to Siddhi and Vishnu, who traveled to Chicago Centre to serve for a few weeks. We were grateful for their service, practice, and presence here. Staff at the Ranch are well, feeling grateful for the grace of the Gurus, and sending pranams to all. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    In October the Ashram welcomed Dale Buegel, known for teaching skilful mastery of yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation since many decades, on Wednesday. His program "Prana Focus During Hatha Yoga Practice" was well received by the Ashram guests and Karma Yogis during Satsangs and workshops. The Kirtan program with the Mayapuris began. The band, consisting of five talented musicians, inspired us all with their devotional music. Virginia Schwartz (Saraswati), a Sivananda Yoga teacher and award-winning author, offered her program "Infuse Your Writing With Yoga". She explained how yoga can be a powerful tool of a writer and guide free writing sessions. Other Satsang topics included "20 Spiritual Instructions" with Parvati Chaitanya, "Lives of Saints" presented by Minakshi Chaitanya, and "Foundations of Meditation" with Krishna Chaitanya. Iswara Chaitanya taught a 5-day Essentials of Yoga I Course for newly arrived Karma Yogis. Parvati Chaitanya started a 3-day Essentials of Meditation Weekend Course.

    Later in October we watched an inspiring video of a previous Question and Answer Session with Swami Swaroopananda. Antonio Sausys, who is a somatic psychotherapist and yoga teacher, started his program "Manifesting Potential". We welcomed Steven Weiss, a holistic chiropractor and nutritionist, yoga therapist, and yoga teacher. In his program "Principles of Asana Alignment", the participants learned subtle yet essential alignment principles that keep the Asana practice safe, while adhering to yogic philosophy. Other Satsang topics included "The Mind, Its Mysteries and Control" with Minakshi Chaitanya, "Happiness" presented by Parvati Chaitanya and "Establishing a Daily Practice" with Iswara Chaitanya. Iswara Chaitanya taught a 5-day Essentials of Meditation Course, and Parvati Chaitanya a 3-day Positive Thinking Weekend Course. Om.

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October the Ashram guests enjoyed a truly golden autumn and a longer hike in the scenic mountains. Their program included more challenging yoga classes with lots of variations in which everybody made nice progress. Otherwise our focus was on preparing the garden for the winter, deep cleaning the Yoga House Ganga and continued work on the 2018 brochure. Registrations for Ashram Christmas special programs are coming in steadily. OM.

    Mittersill/Salzburg Yoga Vacation Program: Mittersill started with an "Active Relaxation and Stress Reduction-Program". A nice group of guests came with a big desire to relax but also with eagerness to reconnect to a more disciplined yoga-practice and to get some ideas on how to manage daily stress. In the yoga classes we worked on the 3 levels of relaxation and on balancing the musculature. Everyone enjoyed the structure of the class as a means to influence the nervous system positively and profoundly. The Weekend-Guests were open minded and very interested in the yogic ideas of the functioning of the mind and the possibilities to build up more mental strength and concentration. As the weather turned out beautiful we practiced in the garden pavilion and enjoyed the closeness of the mountains and the green meadows. started with "Meditation and inner Balance" as the topic of the week's program. The asana classes focused on relaxation and balancing. In the Satsangs we introduced Mantra repetition and Likita Japa as a means for stabilizing body and mind. The powerpoint presentation on meditation research informed in detail about the physical benefits of meditation. Our guests spent very harmonious days together, participated lively in the Satsangs and had a good exchange amongst each other on lifestyle and related problems. The weekend topic was "Yoga Body Check". We worked on developing strength and flexibility in back and shoulders and did a plumb line test for a better assessment of the physical alignment. We were blessed with marvellous weather throughout the week and enjoyed the elevating energies of late summer nature in depth.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from the Meenakshi Ashram

    The Ashram was hyperactive in October with the TTC preparations gaining momentum with the dorms getting new coat of paint, purchasing of boutique items for the high season and so on. 52 eager Yoga practitioners were initiated into the TTC course by their teachers. We also welcomed Swami Hariomananda who shall be with us for the coming months to lead Yoga Vacation classes during TTC. The vacationers also enjoyed their sojourn and their daily schedule. Some of them were willing to lend a helping hand to the TTC course preparations as well. Praying to our Masters for their blessings and guiding light to all. With Prem and Om from all Ashramites. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Resort, Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Da Lat Ashram

    In October the Ashram was busy as we prepared to welcome guests for an Ayurveda retreat. One of our buildings was converted into an Ayurveda Centre. A local carpenter created tables for abhyanga treatments, made from local mango wood. Rooms were renovated and repainted. Five of our staff members returned from a one month residential training in Ayurveda treatment techniques at Vaidyagrama in Coimbatore, India. All came back shining and trim after a month of Ayurvedic diet and daily practice. They were keen to continue practicing their new skills. Staff were busy with all the final preparations to receive our first Ayurveda guests. At the same time our regular Yoga Vacation program continued. Rainy season started to draw to a close so we were enjoying more dry days. We were pleased to welcome back Swami Narayanananda, returning to Dalat after helping with the TTC in China. We also welcomed new staff, RadhaKrishna Das from the Yoga Farm in California, and Karuna, a new TTC graduate from the recent China TTC course.

    Later in October we were happy to host our first Ayurveda Detoxification and Rejuvenation Retreat, with special guest Dr. Ramdas from the Vaidyagrama Ayurveda village in Coimbatore, India. Our staff who are newly trained as Ayurveda therapists were busy practicing their skills and preparing the treatment spaces for our guests. Dr Ramdas and guests arrived to begin a full program of treatments. All Ashram staff enjoyed the benefits of following an Ayurvedic diet for the week as our kitchen made adjustments to the menu. Guests received daily Ayurveda treatments in our newly prepared treatment rooms. Dr Ramdas gave talks daily which were much appreciated. We were happy to welcome Swami Pranavananda who joined the retreat for the week, as did our staff Ambika from the Chengdu Centre in China. The experience of seeing the integrated practice of Yoga and Ayurveda brought great inspiration and joy to us all here. As guests left us we had two days of preparation for the next course to begin. Dr Ramdas traveled to Ho Chi Minh City to offer teaching there. At the same time as all this focused Ayurveda activity our Yoga Vacation program continued with a steady flow of guests. Om.

TTC ATTC Reports from other locations worldwide:

    TTC Thailand: Om Namah Sivaya! The week started beautifully with rain showers that made the place come alive. TTC course is passing by very smoothly. On Monday students made full use of the study night to brush up on their lessons and preparing for the Teaching Groups. Silent Walks are being enjoyed by all in the picturesque surrounding. Tuesday night we watched video on Swami Vishnu's peace missions "In the Name of Peace". On Thursday students got an insight on Shat Kriyas with its explanation and demonstration. Everybody practiced it with a lot of enthusiasm. Anatomy and Physiology classes commenced, introducing students to major body systems. Prahlada ji left to visit Ashrams and Centres in India and will return next week. Over the week we received a very friendly group of Yoga Vacationers from Bangkok and Japan. Anjali from Japan has joined us as staff for few days. Five local village kids from our previous years Kids Camp are also with us for this weekend. We appreciate their participation. Students are coming forward to sing beautiful Bhajans during Satsangs which they learnt in the chanting classes. Thanking Gods and our Masters for their blessings bestowed upon all.

    The third week of TTC was filled with energy and liveliness. On Wednesday we all came together to celebrate the festival of lights, Diwali. The staff prepared delicious Indian dinner while students gave a helping hand in designing rangoli and flower decorations. Everyone was dressed in beautiful attires.  Following the tradition, we lit lamps to signify the victory of good over evil and had a wonderful time bursting crackers. Prahlada ji returned from India on Friday after his visit to all Indian Ashrams and Centres. A group of 'Monks riding horses' visited us from the remote Golden Horse Monastery in Chiang Rai. Students offered them food and the monks gave us all their blessings. Yoga Vacationers from Thailand, Denmark, Japan have joined us, they all seem to be very interested in learning yoga and are loving the Sattvic lifestyle here. Thursday night Satsang took place with bonfire setup. After the Satsang, we were divided into two teams for a group game, and the night ended with popcorn and hot chocolate. On Friday students immersed themselves in Likhita Japa and most of them took an initiative to write the mantras in Sanskrit. For Talent show great performance were staged which included Aerial Yoga, Poetry reading, song performance by Japan group, and exceptional Thai massage techniques which audience used on each other. Dedicated efforts of the students can be seen in the way they are teaching Open Class with confidence and calmness. Students were introduced with demonstration and practice to Kids, Gentle and Pre natal yoga classes. Almost all students opted for Mantra initiation which took place on Sunday morning, indicating their willingness to follow a spiritual and yogic journey. May the blessings of God and Grace of Masters be with us. 

    TTC Israel: The second week of the Israel TTC went very well. The students become adjusted to the course schedule and to life in the Ashram. More karma yogis from all over the country came to join the staff, support and TTC and to make further improvements to the new Matta Ashram. The students progressed well with their studies. Morning and evening Satsangs were given by the course teachers and other senior staff. Jnaneswari Chaitanya offered 2 Satsangs on 'what is yoga' , Swami Hridyananda spoke about 'the four paths of yoga', Rukmini Chaitanya gave talks on Karma Yoga and 'Bhakti Yoga' and offered teachings from the Narada Bhakti Sutra. Krishna from Uruguay spoke about 'hatha yoga'. Om Wednesday, we celebrated the holiday of Simchat Tora with an evening feast. On Saturday, the students enjoyed their day off, resting, studying and welcoming family and friends who came to visit. On Saturday night we had a kirtan concert with Narayan Jyoti and Rama. We continued to hold silent walks 3 times a week. The students have been enjoying the beautiful serene nature and started to lead kirtan on their own.

    Currently in its third week, the TTC students of Israel, delved into the study of anatomy and physiology, which was taught by Dr Durga, who is the Co-Director of the Ashram in Matta, together with her husband, Govinda. Durga is a long time Sivananda Yoga Teacher, karma yogi and a medical doctor who also teaches Anatomy and Physiology regularly in the Bahamas. The students went successfully through the Kriya workshop and enjoyed it very much. We continued to offer various lectures and programs during the Satsangs. We had 3 lectures on Introduction to Ayurveda. This was followed by a lecture on Agni, by Igal Kutin, a well established Ayurveda practitioner and the founder of the Ayurveda department in Ridman, one of Israel's most renowned schools of Alternative Medicine. Krishna from Uruguay continued his inspiring Satsang lectures on the topic of hatha yoga and also gave few talks on Jyotish. On Saturday night we had a concert of devotional music by 'Alma', a well known group of 3 musicians, among them, Govinda, who is also the Co-Director of the Matta Ashram.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Several courses started in October at the Centre, among them a Ramayana course, with a good group of students; a workshop on "How to overcome fear" which was well visited and a headstand workshop with an inspired group of students. Classes were well visited and a good group of Karma yogis helped with different Centre projects. Staff went out for poster runs and the new brochure was sent to the graphic designer for layout. Satsangs and classes were well attended.

    Late October was time for the celebration of Divali. A big group of many teachers and close students and also a good number of first time visitors joined the Pooja. The altar was decorated with an abundance of flowers which had been brought by the students and beautifully illuminated by many little candles. The Pooja's energy was powerful. At the end of the celebration everybody present was filled and elevated by peace and joy. We had a relaxation day. In contrast to the traditional seminar program with asana class, workshop and Satsangs the students this time had an additional relaxation time for reading and resting. The whole program was much appreciated and everybody left happy, relaxed an inspired. The regular classes and courses went well, several new courses started. Satsang participation was good. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October the Centre continued the study of Bhagavad Gita. We also started a Yoga Sutras Course, led by Swami Dayananda. Swami Premananda gave a workshop on Perdon. Sunday was Mother's Day, many students who always come that day were celebrating with their mothers. Vishnu, our resident, went to visit his mother.

    Later in October we celebrated Deewali with the presence of teachers, students and other devotees. As always, the ceremony took place in an environment of peace and joy. Swami Premananda traveled to Chile to give workshops. We continued with the study of Yoga Sutras, led by Swami Dayananda. The Centre remained closed because of voting in
    Argentina. Vishvanatha and Shambavi visited from Uruguay, both teachers. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In October the 2-year anniversary celebration of the Centre carried on for a few days until Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Adi Parashaktiananda, Ganga Chaitanya and many TTC staff left. We felt grateful for the inspiration all received during the 3rd TTC in China. We thanked Swami Sitaramanandaji for her inspiration before she headed back to Yoga Farm to continue the mission. Our new staff Chinmayi and Rukmini got used to staff life, receiving staff training daily. Besides normal open classes, we started a new 10-class one-month Yoga1 course. Padmavati (from Japan) and Sivani taught an outside senior yoga class at a senior Centre. Padmavati led a two-day intensive training on senior yoga (mat and chair), which was very well received by the group of 5 students and 4 staff members, especially the acceptance and forgiveness portion. We offered a small Satsang on the topic of the power of steady practice.

    Later in October new staff members Chinmayi and Rukmini started teaching while continuing their training. They were both very brave and improved a lot within one week. The Yoga 1 course continued smoothly. Ambika was in Vietnam receiving here Ayurveda detoxification. Padamavati left for Japan after her two weeks service in Japan. We welcomed Lakshmi, Jivani and Jaya Devi from this TTC as karma yogis. The Centre was full of positive energy with Guru's grace. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.

    In October the Centre successfully finished a weekend Beginners' course. On 15th October, Sunday, we celebrated our 28th anniversary. The Centre was nicely decorated in a full array of colour in flowers. We started the day with Maha Ganapathy Homa which was solemnized by Five main Priests.  The atmosphere was made very lively, filling with divinity by the chanting of powerful mantras.  By evening, Prahlad Ji arrived at our Centre, in time to lead Satsang.  Our Centre was filled with many students, their families and also we had a very lovely Dance performance by the group 'Kalaikoil'.  The performance was very nice and everyone enjoyed it a lot. Later, we offered shawls and beautiful Ashtalakshmi lamps as gifts to all participants, and also to Ms. Pavithra who had arranged her students to perform for us. After the program, a delicious dinner was arranged to all guests. All together, with the blessings of our Masters, the whole day was very memorable and filled with lot of positive energy. Thanks to God and our Masters for everything that all is will continue to run smoothly.

    Later in October we started evening Beginners and weekend beginners. The weather was good with occassional rain showers. People celebrated Deepawali. Because of this students numbers was also less. Students brought sweets as a Deepawali gift. In staff meeting Prahlad Ji gave us valuable information and advised for our growth. Prahlad Ji then travelled to Thailand from Chennai. Thanks to God and our Masters for everything that all is will continue to run smoothly. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In October fine tuning the Centre's new website took up a large chunk of time as we began to make minor adjustments.  There is still a lot of work to be done on content and layout, but we were very happy with the quick outcome, and are grateful to all of the karma yogis that helped made this possible. Swami Paramananda arrived for a weekend program designed around Positive Thinking. Swamiji taught an asana class and gave a workshop everyday, over the 3 day program. It was a great boost to have Swamiji at the Centre, inspiring the students, teachers and staff, by injecting his prana into the Centre. His classes and workshops were very popular and well attended. The Sunday evening Satsang was so full that we had to add seating using yoga mats. He gave an inspiring talk on Sadhana at the Satsang, leaving all in attendance motivated to deepen their commitment to the practice. Afterwards we all enjoyed a warm bowl of soup and friendly conversation. 

    Later in October the Centre welcomed Siddhi and Vishnu, arriving from the Yoga Ranch, for a short 3 week karma yoga stay. They arrived in time to help with the Diwali set-up and to assist with the Puja and evenings festivities. There was a joyous and upbeat energy at the Centre. The Centre was decorated, with oil candles all around the alter.  We had many delicious Prasads, donated by the attendees and bowls of fresh pink rose petals that were offered to Mother Lakshmi during the Puja. Over the weekend, the weather was unseasonably warm, and the new staff took advantage of the beautiful weather by going on a bike ride along the lake Saturday afternoon, a good way to settle into Chicago.Sending inspired pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October the Centre's students came to open classes regularly. Sundaram continued Yoga1 course. Omkari finished the Yoga2 course. Students enjoyed Satsang with Swami Narayananda. We have one resident come from France Emma, she enjoyed stayiing at the Centre and likes kirtan very much. Omkari sister came for visit.

    Later in October students attended open classes regularly. Sundaram continued Yoga 2 course, with students attending regularly. Students enjoyed Satsang with Sw Narayananda about 4 paths of yoga and Sivashakti taugth the topic of True Happiness. We've had 3 residents and Omkari's sister staying at the Centre recently. May the grace of the Masters be with you. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October things were good at the Centre. Classes ran smoothly. We started to conduct kids' classes during weekdays as well. We were invited to teach a group of 75 people employed with the Embassy of Netherlands. It was a short session and hopefully, we were able to create enough curiosity within them about Yoga so they go ahead and find the time for practice. We also denoted a good amount of time deep cleaning the altars, kitchen. The guest room has been done up with a deep blue paint and it looks refreshing. We had regular Satsang, with a rich dinner, and moong laddoos and were blessed to have Prahlad ji visit and take a special class. We had registrations done way in advance and it was a dynamic asana and pranayama session. The staff worked late on Saturday to prepare special fruit falooda to be served after the class to all the students. Staff had special breakfast that morning. Unfortunately, the students did not get much time with Prahlad ji as he had to immediately leave but they were happy and enthusiastic to attend this early morning class. The weather has been comfortable, we feel cold winds early morning and the heat is beginning to pass.

    Late October saw festivities for the entire nation, filled with joy especially for the kids. We started the 10 am batch and 6:30 pm batch. We also started the meditation classes on Saturdays with the good number of students. On Diwali day we conducted the Lakshmi Puja which gave a lot of positive vibes for the Centre. We then had a special advanced class in the Centre with all our enthusiastic students after which we distributed the sweets and Prasad. The day was filled with lots of wishes, sweets, and happiness. We conducted the headstand workshop, yoga for the back workshop and weekly advance classes on the weekends. We conducted a 108 Surya Namaskar for all the Centre staff who did it with energy and enthusiasm. Everybody in the Centre is well. We are looking forward to serve more. We hope everyone is happy and peaceful. We pray to Almighty for everybody. Om Namo Narayanaya!! Pranams!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    In October the Centre started a Beginners' course at 6:30am. The Meditation and Spirituality course with Swami Govindananda was completed. Binoy and Sreevidya returned from holiday. Praladaji visited us and taught open class at 6:30am and met staffs before leaving to Sivananda Kutir, Uttrakashi. He stayed with us that Saturday night before leaving to Dwarka Centre to lead Sunday morning open class. Kapoorji left the Centre for Madurai TTC. He will be there for two TTCs and will be back by middle of December. Sajith arrived to the Centre and he will be with us for few days. We started a private Beginners' course for three people as they couldn't join the regular schedule due to their personal issues. With the Grace of the Masters all regular schedules (open class, beginners' course, gentle yoga, kids yoga, prenatal yoga and Satsang) along with few private sessions did well.

    Later in October we started the festival week with two Beginners' course, one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm along with our daily schedules of Open class and Gentle Yoga. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India, especially in Northern part. We celebrated the day, Nov 19th, by lighting lamps (diyas), chanting Sree Lalita Sahasranamam followed by dinner for staffs and few teachers who joined the celebration program. We didn't use fire crackers this year as they cause more pollution to the City. With the Grace of the Masters, everything went well at the Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre

    In October the Centre had a workshop called Conquest of Anger, a deep topic with beautiful teachings from Master from the Bliss Divine. Girija gave her first cooking course "Vegetarian Sources of Proteins". It went well and the food was delicious. We had a Yoga 2 Intensive course.

    Later in October we offered special courses - a Kirtan course and a Bhakti course and a "The Yogic Scriptures" course. We offered the popular and successful Open House Day. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October Ganga Chaitanya returned to the HCM Centre from TTC China. She also taught a program at the affiliated Centre in the beach town Quy Nhon and taught 2 very well attended, 90 minute workshops: Restorative Yoga and Guidance to Meditation, both with 17-20 students in each. Also she did a Puja for the very well kept Sivananda affiliated Centre, run by Daya devi and ex temp staff Siva. Swami Pranavananda and Durga travelled to Dalat to have Ayurvedic treatments and take a detoxifying Ayurvedic break. We had a resident. We served, took care of her and she was happy. We also had workshops about Ayuverda with Doctor aRmadas, from India. He talked to 27 participants about non-drug treatment topic.

    Later in October we were honoured to have Dr. Ramadas come from Dalat for a talk about food choices in Ayurveda to avoid toxins in the body, with 20 people attending. We had a very successful pizza baking workshop and a nice Satsang that evening.  A new Yoga Two Beginner course started with full attendance. The other classes went on well even though it was raining heavily everyday. Swami Prananvananda and staff Durga came back after a week-long detoxification program at the Dalat Ashram. We were happy to have ex-staff Kamala visit for few days. Staff held a very productive meeting on organizing and programming for the Centre for the upcoming week. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

    Om Namah Sivaya


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    In October the Centre had a dedicated and sincere group of six students graduating Yoga Two Course. They were very happy and continuing on. A Yoga One course of five students started as well. We are happy to welcome new students to the Centre and to the yoga practice. Dr. Ramkumar who is an excellent Ayurvedic practitioner and yogi visited Los Angeles. He gave personal consultations to ten people, helping them to balance and maintain health with holistic, Vedic way. Renowned Dutch artist and devotee Pieter Weltevrede also visited for the first time in many years. He gave a portfolio as well as teaching a two-day Yantra Workshop. Students had a wonderful time. Pieter also spoke at Satsang, introducing us to many beautiful deities via his own paintings. 

    Later in October a Yoga One course completed their week 2, full of happy, inspired practitioners. Diwali was celebrated during Satsang, devotees remembering their inner light. Divine Mother Lakshmi gave Her blessings; all enjoyed sparkler "fireworks" followed by kitchari made by a long-time Karma Yogi. Preparatory measures for Diwali included a Karma Yoga party, where we all joined in 3 days of deep cleaning the Centre. Hamsa Chaitanya departed for Yoga Farm for Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training (SYHET). May the Blessings of Gurudev be upon all. May we vigilantly continue our effort to receive Guru's Grace. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!

    In October the Centre's many students went away for a long weekend and we enjoyed Summer-like weather. Several housekeeping projects were done. A newsletter was sent with Centre activities. We enjoyed a Positive Thinking course which started with 24 students, as well as the new study group with senior teacher, Katiayani, which started successfully on the topic "How to calm the mind and improve awareness".  Sivadas staff came back from his summer period in Val Morin happy and inspired. Two close teachers from Bilbao were with us for the long weekend and we enjoyed peaceful inspiring Satsangs.

    Later in October several courses started with good attendance and we had a dynamic workshop "Surya Namaskar". Four new graduates from TTC Aluenda started assisting in open classes. Sivadas left as part of the staff team for TTC Rudraprayag. We celebrated Deepavali with a Puja, the altar was decorated with candles and it was inspiring for all. We had good support from close students in all the departments of the Centre, including a Saturday Open day which saw 94 visitors, many students signed up for courses and inquired about meditation and diet. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Thanking our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October the Centre offered a headstand workshop with Chandra. We had very good energy during the evening Satsangs. One Satsang a student brought a very good gluten free Prasad, from the Sivananda Cook book and a couple of Brasilian Sivananda teachers from Rio visited us. We also had many people in all the classes, especially the children's class. We offered a morning class followed by meditation. The topic of the class was how to prepare body and mind with sun salutation, given by Kaivalya.

    Later in October the highlight was the Diwali celebration. It was full of good energy. We put some sweets at the reception for the students. They helped to distribute a lot of candles all around the Centre. One student prepared a delicious Prasad made of raisins and sunflower seeds. She found the recipe in the cooking book of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. We did workshop of Mandalas. The kid's class was full up again. Chandra gave the third October class with topic, followed by meditation, the topic was: "The Importance of Relaxation in the Asana Class". All other activities ran normally. May all live under the Masters's grace. Om Shanti!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October the Montreal Centre staff and karma yogis were busy decorating, cleaning and painting preparing for the Diwali celebrations and a full house. Courses and classes continued to be steady and well attended, the morning open classes were quite busy! We continued with the 2nd workshop on Understanding Hindu Mythology. Bhagirathi began an Intro to Ayurveda course, with 6 students. We also offered a Yoga 1, an open class and a relaxation workshop, attended by 8 people. Sunday open classes were full. Atmaram led Satsang with 40 students with a talk on karma yoga. The weather finally turned cold, giving us something to look forward to - the calm and peace of the winter. We were every thankful for the steady stream of inspiration from the students and staff and for the grace of the Guru's.

    Later in October the Ashram was filled with a lot of energy and preparations leading up to our biggest festival Diwali. Classes continue to run smoothly with very strong attendance, keeping up the student numbers. Karma yogis helped to clean and prepare the Centre. We decorated the halls and reception area with lights and paper lamps making it colourful and festive. We had between 280-300 students at the celebration, we lost count after 270 as it was a rolling crowd. Harisha conducted Lakshmi Puja which was quite powerful as there were so many people chanting and repeating the mantra. Around 23 staff from the Ashram joined us with Swami Vairagyananda. They helped with setting up and crowd control. Albert, a temple devotee, cooked a very delicious feast which was enjoyed by all! We only had 2 plates of food left over. There were many sweets for Prasad and dessert. After the celebration Centre's Karma Yogis stayed back and helped with cleaning. It was a very electric atmosphere. Everyone left in high spirits, clearly enjoying the feeling of celebration and community. Swami Vairagyananda led Satsang talking about 'Life, Love and Sadhana'. There were around 45 students in attendance and they enjoyed Swamiji's humour and wisdom very much. We were very thankful to have such a strong team of teachers and staff helping us and keeping us inspired. With Master and Swamiji's grace we continue to serve and keep up the spirit! Pranams to all! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!

    In October the Centre had a very successful new one day retreat at the Centre, named a "Yoga and Relaxation Day". The participants had the following schedule: yoga class, lunch, a long walk, time for relaxation or study of books, a relaxation workshop and an evening Satsang. We also organized an Open House – always a good opportunity for new people to get to know the different activities of the Centre. Swami Sivadasananda gave a very inspiring Satsang reading from the introductory chapter of Masters book "Bliss Divine".

    Later in October we had a further teachers training day on how to teach Gentle Classes. We held a successful cooking class with the topic "Indian Dishes". Further special courses were a "Thought Power and Positive Thinking Course" and a weekend Beginners' course with a very motivated group of new students. Gayatri and our resident Lakshmi left to assist in the TTC in Rudraprayag, Himalayas. We were happy to have Swami Durgananda with us the whole week before she also left for India. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In October the NY Centre continued with classes as usual. One Wednesday Satsang was given by Neeti. She gave a talk on the Gunas and how they affect our everyday life. It was helpful and insightful. We welcomed back Ishwari, from Colombia. She spent a little over a week in Washington D.C. visiting some friends and now we have her back for a few more weeks to help us out! We held an Open House Day! We put balloons outside, a decorative sign and peppermint tea was ready for all to come! Overall, it was a pretty good turnout. Ishwari prepared a delicious dahl, cabbage and veggie dish for all to enjoy. We sold several memberships and class packs as well. The next day, an advanced class was taught by Monisha and afterwards Satsang was led by Shakti. Shakti talked about Santosha and gave us tips on how we can practice it in every day life.

    Later in October we had a week full of Diwali celebrations! Diwali was a big hit with over one hundred people visiting the Centre. The festivities included a Puja by the Ashram priest, Shankara Namboodiri - many blessings, many Prasads, many savoury dishes and many happy faces. We worked three days decorating, preparing all ingredients for the Prasad and the feast including washing a lot of spinach for the saag paneer dish! Neeti began her cooking very early in the morning and continued throughout the whole day. Several karma yogis came to help out, from making chapatis to cutting fruit to washing dishes, the karma yogi spirit was full on! The priest from the Ashram, Shankara Namboodiri, arrived in the early afternoon. Shortly after arriving, he started to make the Yantra. It took him a few hours and was well worth it as it came out very beautiful! Come 7:45 pm it was time to start the celebration! A lot of people arrived in the Sivananda room full of candle light. We all managed to squeeze in and Shankara ji led the Puja as we all chanted the daily chants and Devi chants. It was very inspiring to see all of his dedication and devotion. We are very grateful for his visit! Afterwards, we all helped serve everyone delicious food and yummy Prasad. Other events after Diwali saw Ishani teaching a cooking workshop. Nine people attended the course and all became excellent cooks in four hours! Thanks to Ishani for her great spirit and delicious recipes! Swami Paramananda came down from the Ranch, gave a great and full advanced class followed by Satsang. In Satsang he gave us tips on how to develop concentration to attain meditation and everlasting happiness. It was great advice for all walks of life. We greatly appreciate all of his hard work and wonderful talks. After we all enjoyed soup made by the great cook, Ishwari. All of our staff are doing great. We send our pranams! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October we welcomed back Swami Kailasananda, Rukmini, Yagneshwara, the priest and his wife Rajeshwari. Swami Nityananda enjoyed studying together with students some slokas on the topic of Dhyana from the 6th chapter of the Gita. Sivani went to see the doctor for her knee. She went to the swimming pool nearby to do some exercise. The knee pain does not allow her to do asanas. Arjuna explained the share point to Sivani so that she can take care of it. Sivakami and Swami Nityananda had an overview of the staff meetings for the next 6 weeks during her absence for the TTC Rudraprayag. Life gave us an auspicious starting with Devi Puja, led by the priest, after the Jaya Ganesha before the Yoga Festival. Many students came in spite of the beautiful Sun outside and the pleasant temperatures. The Priest and Rajeshwari visited Paris with a tourist guide who is karma yogi. Swami Kailasananda gave a workshop on the topic The Power of Hatha yoga. The participants were very inspired by Swamiji's words. Parallel to Swamiji's workshop, there was an Introduction the Five Points and an asana demonstration. At fourth thirty, there was a lecture Introduction to Meditation and a cooking demonstration. In the evening, we enjoyed the play about Swami Vishnudevananda's life. The spectators were all close students, teachers and karma yogis. Cheerful mood and good support given by the Masters'. 

    Happy Diwali to All. Later in October Swami Gopalananda came from Orléans to help during Swami Nityananda's absence during the TTC Rudraprayag. Omkari a close teacher came also for a week to give some support. We concluded a Bhagavad Gita course, started by Swami Nityananda. Rukmini and Madalassa, both from Orleans, went to the TTC Rudraprayag. Ganga continued the Nutrition course. The intercom of the main entrance was changed. We had an inspiring celebration of Diwali with a Lakshmi Puja well appreciated by all. Staff are well as well as the students, karma yogis and teachers. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America

    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil

    In October we started a new Beginners' course with few students and a lot of interest in learning. We also held a Kirtan workshop with some teachers who were interested in practicing Bhakti yoga. After the workshop we had the Satsang in which a beautiful energy was felt. The activities in general were somewhat slow as we had intense rains and storms during a long holiday weekend. Om.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves from Roma

    Pranams and prayers for Peace to all. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    In October Swami Sitaramananda arrived from her months of teaching in Asia. Srinivasan and Saraswati were still in California so came back to the Centre and joined us for lunch. Staff were inspired by two more Satsangs with Srinivasan. Swami Yatidharmananda gave a Yoga Nidra session. That evening we enjoyed a soulful vocal concert by Esha Bandyopadhyay from Calcutta. Swami Sivasakariananda left for the Yoga Farm to teach at the TTC and take the Yoga Health Educator Training. Gajananam led Sunday Satsang. Former Yoga Farm staff Kumari arrived to help at the Centre for three months. Two Yoga 1 courses finished, as well as a Mysteries of the Mind course.

    Later in October Lalitha and Sivadas lead a special Satsang for Diwali. Lalitha shared stories of Rama and Sita, as well as Hanuman. The guests loved her way of telling the story, which made the Diwali celebration even more meaningful. Amazingly 23 guests joined the weekend Yantra Painting workshops with Pieter Weltevrede. They found the drawing to elevate their consciousness and connect to the Divine, and also appreciated the talent and the teaching skill of Pieter. He then shared his portfolio and experiences with the guests at Satsang, creating a warm and focused energy at the Centre that evening. A Yoga 1 course finished and a Yoga 2 started. Kumari decided to take the Yoga Health Educator Training and left for the Yoga Farm. Deviyani arrived to support the Centre for a week. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sao Paolo, Brasil

    Om Namah Sivaya from Sao Paolo

    In October the Centre held regular classes. We had many activities with Kanti Devi. She told about a lot interesting subjects. Students, teachers and visitors were present. The harmony at the Centre was beautiful.

    Later in October we had a Diwalli decoration for Satsang. It was very beautiful and auspicious for the Centre. Regular classes continued. Much prana and love. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October the Tel Aviv Centre conducted our Fall Yoga Retreat in a beautiful hotel in the Jerusalem mountains, in the Jewish-Arab Village of Neve Shalom. 95 participants, including 27 children and 10 karma yogis, enjoyed four days of yoga, meditation, lectures, workshops, concerts and delicious vegetarian food in the fresh mountainous ranges. We offered lectures and workshops by special guest speakers, including Dr. Re'em Stern, a Professor of Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy, who discussed the importance of the Bhagavad Gita, Bhakti, meditation and mantras. We also offered a concert of kirtan and devotional chanting with Narayan Jyoti in lead vocals and harmonium, Daniel White on tabla and Ron Schpatz on the Bansuri. In addition, the Swamis who were teaching in the Matta TTC came for a short stay to the Retreat in Neve Shalom to offer lectures and workshops. Swami Shambhudevananda opened the Retreat with a talk on Happiness, Swami Hridyananda gave a talk on the topic "Life", and Swami Brahmananda gave a two-hour workshop on the deep meaning behind yoga Sadhana and how to develop the motivation to continue practicing. Guy Dekel, a Sivananda Yoga Teacher and an expert of kids' yoga, led a brilliant program for the children including a creativity workshop and special yoga classes and Satsangs for the children. Guy Dekel returned to the Tel Aviv Centre to conclude his 8-week 'Teaching Yoga for Children' course. The Retreat was concluded and all the Centre staff went to Matta to join the evening Satsang of the TTC before continuing their drive back to the Tel Aviv Centre. It was decided that each one of the Tel-Aviv Centre Staff would serve one week in the Matta TTC. Sridevi served in the first week and Sivakami replaced her in the second week. During the 4-days of the Retreat, the Centre was operated by karma yogis who also taught the open classes. Upon return from the Retreat, the staff resumed teaching courses and open classes. We had our weekly Sunday evening Satsang, led by Bhargavi Chaitanya who spoke on "Creation".

    Later in October, after a very eventful few weeks preparing for the Matta TTC, celebrating the High Holidays and conducting the Fall Yoga Retreat in the Jerusalem Mountains, the staff of the Tel Aviv Centre settled back to routine life in the Centre and continued running courses, yoga classes and Satsangs. Bhargavi Chaitanya held a lecture to introduce a new Meditation Course that she was about to start teaching. Sivakami led a Sunday night Satsang speaking about the meaning of "Grace" from the Vishnudevananda Upadesa. The Satsang was very well attended. In addition, we continue to assist in the Matta TTC. Sivakami replaced Sri Devi for a week of karma yoga at the Ashram. The rest of the staff came to the Ashram for the weekend to support the TTC as well as to enjoy a beautiful concert of devotional music by 'Alma'. In the next coming weeks we are offering many new Yoga, Meditation and Positive Thinking courses and so far registration to those courses looks very good. Pranams to the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves

    In October Sita, a former staff from February to May this year and ATTC at Yoga Farm, arrived at the Centre. She stayed as a temporary staff for two weeks. A Kriya Yoga workshop was held with 19 people attending. With instructions given by Vishnu, the students learned and practiced Kapalabhati, Jala Neti, Tratak, etc., which beginners would find relatively accessible. Today, a word "Detox" has been commonly known to people in Japan. We feel the need for such class is increasing gradually.

    Late October was rainy all the way through. The Centre was rather quiet overall as the super typhoon came closer to Japan. An Ayurvedic Cooking workshop was held with 8 people attending. Padmavati Masako, an instructor, explained spices and other ingredients in the relations with Dosha (constitution). Then students joined for an actual cooking based on the knowledge. Staff were invited to a tasting at lunch and everyone enjoyed the wholesome delicious Indian food together. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October the Toronto Centre's yoga retreat in November was full with a wait list. Dr Sonal Bhatt taught workshop on an Ayurvedic daily routine for Health and Happiness. Saraswati and Anapurna had a meeting with city of Toronto representatives who would like us to teach in homeless shelters throughout the year . We also started school classes at Catholic school board. Annapurna left back to the Camp Ashram. We are grateful for her service here.

    Later in October a new Beginners' course started. Kumari arrived from Ottawa and offered an Adapted Yoga Asana course one weekend. We enjoyed quite a few sweets brought by students during the week for Diwali celebrations. Bhavani arrived from US to stay as temporary staff for few months at the Centre. Beside Catholic school board, Saraswati, Padma and Bhavani started again teaching program for regular Toronto school board, as Centre is official educational partner. Classes were mostly taught in priority needs areas of the city. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In October the Centre started a new batch on Monday evenings with good number of students. Students were introduced to the practices of Jala Neti and Sutra Neti in a Kriya Workshop. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted. Satsang was led by Sri. Yashpal ji.

    Later in October there was a general strike in Trivandrum so student numbers were less. We started the Beginners' batch for ladies on. Ganapathy Homa was conducted on the same day as it was the first day of the new Malayalam month. The highlight of the month was the visit of Prahlad ji. A special Satsang was led by him. There were no classes on that day or evening. Nataraj ji, Kalyani ji & Suresh ji from the Neyyar Dam Ashram also attended the Satsang. After the Satsang Prahlad ji conducted a teachers' meeting. He gave valuable advice to improve the working condition of the Centre. 25 teachers attended the meeting. We had dinner together. Sw. Hariomanda ji stayed with us for 1 day on his way to Madurai. We celebrated Deepavali - the festival of lights. We had burst crackers in the evening after the class. Our karma yogi, Janna, left the Centre to pursue her career. We wish her good luck. Sunday Satsang was led by Sri. Yashpal ji. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In October the Vienna Centre's Meditation Course and Thought Power Course both continued. New courses starting were a Yoga 1, Yoga 2 and a Yoga 21. The trial class had a good attendance. Our nice elderly couple visited regularly twice a week for a coaching class, since a normal Yoga course in class is too early for them at the moment. Swami Gitananda and Swami Mangalananda went to our retreat place in Lower Austria with 16 students, among them a few teachers. It is a nice retreat place and we go there regularly. The weather was perfect and everybody enjoyed the Yoga practice in a pure environment and the silent walk in the powerful nature to the nearby castle Schloss Rapottenstein. We thank Swami Mangalananda for her support.

    Later in October there was the celebration of Diwali, the festival of light. Many devotees came for the Puja. The Temple room was well illumined with all the candles, and we offered to Laxsmi, praying for success in our spiritual journey. Courses beginning were a Yoga 1, Yoga 3, Yoga 3, Yoga 4 and Yoga 97 course. We had a special workshop about proper relaxation. Krishnaraj from Munich came to the Centre for two months to support our team. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius

    In October the Centre's Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses started. Surya Namaskar workshop was planned, but spontaneously we decided to teach this workshop the whole open class of 21 students, because we saw that many students would benefit. It was really being good for everyone to join this joyful workshop. Satsangs were very well attended, as always. We offered a seminar "Vedanta for Daily Life". We hoped that it was a good step forward in expanding the knowledge, proving that students and teachers are growing and interested in Jnana yoga as well. More and more karma yogis came to the Centre for various project, big and small, at their Centre.

    Later in October courses Yoga, 1, 2 and 4 continued just on different evening times. Two new teachers, Lakshmana and Narayani, continued assisting in the open classes and were very successful. The course "Vegetarianism and Yogic Diet" started. Besides the theory about vegetarianism, students and some Centre teachers learned how to cook three different types of the light soups suitable for the yogic lifestyle. The highlight of the month was Deepavali Puja with many devoted students and teachers, enjoying many chants, Master's Message and focus on the Inner Light. One Saturday we had a meeting with the active Centre teachers, looking deeper into the benefits of some asanas and corrections. We discussed how to improve the Centre's work and service to the students. We distributed the roles to the actors in the play for upcoming Christmas party in December. OM.

Dive deeper and deeper in the recesses of your heart. Practice meditation regularly. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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